Gusí Schoolhouse Collection
Modern Media Ventures launches a new value-priced educational software series.
News by Al Giovetti, 09/25/96
Price: $10
Announcement: September 24, 1996
Publisher: Modern Media Ventures
Web site:
Ages: 3- 9 years

History: Founded in 1993, Modern Media Ventures is an award-winning developer and publisher of interactive multimedia software for children. The Company's titles, based on the proprietary Gus and the CyberBuds characters, are distributed in 12 languages in more than 40 countries worldwide. Based on the global appeal of its characters and stories, the Company is actively transitioning its properties into additional media formats.

Modern Media Ventures announced on September 24, 1996, the launch of a new attractively priced educational software series entitled Gus and the CyberBuds Software SchoolHouse Collection. Developed for children aged 3-9, this colorful new series consists of educational CD-ROMs for Macintosh and Windows that address educational fundamentals - math, spelling, reading, writing and more. Attractively priced at under $10, this new collection offers rewarding, inexpensive and fun educational activities, while also introducing other award-winning titles from Modern Media Ventures.

The Collection is comprised of twenty-seven CD-ROMs organized with a focus on Spelling, Math, Reading, Geography, Music, Creativity, Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Memory and Science. Skill building activities, exciting animations, engaging sound effects and delightful music created by singer/songwriter David Maloney all come together in a fun educational environment to create hours of replayable learning and entertainment. "We consistently receive very positive response to our software from children," said Pat Lewis, founder and Director of Development at Modern Media. "By providing our educational activities at prices parents will find very attractive, we hope to reach a larger audience with our software, which builds essential learning skills and self-esteem for children." Gus and the CyberBuds Software SchoolHouse Collection is being packaged and distributed by MicroMedia Publishers, Inc. of Grants Pass, Oregon. MicroMedia is a rapidly growing publisher and distributor of popular value-priced CD-ROM titles. Through MicroMedia, the Collection will be available at neighborhood software stores and mass merchants across the US. in time for the Holidays. "We are excited to have formed this relationship with Modern Media," said Vince Webb, President of MicroMedia. "Consumers will benefit from our delivery of award-winning educational content at attractive prices through the nation's premier software outlets."

Modern Media will launch the Gus and the CyberBuds Software SchoolHouse Collection at the Children's Interactive Expo, held October 3-6, 1996 in San Francisco. The Children's Interactive Expo (CIE) was chosen for this exciting launch because it provides direct access to a target audience of thousands of students, teachers, industry players, parents and their children.

The predecessor and foundation of the Software SchoolHouse Collection, Modern Media Ventures' Gus and the CyberBuds Learning Adventure Series has gained considerable recognition in the past year. Selected titles have earned the following awards: Newsweek Editors' Choice Top 50 Picks Parents' Guide to Software '96; Member's Choice Award for Early Learning from Club KidSoft; Four Stars from Electronic Entertainment and One of the top 100 CD-ROMs on C|Net Central. Modern Media Ventures also hosts an award-winning web site that features downloadable games, activities and other new information at

Some of the Gus titles include:
"Gus Goes to CyberTown" c '93 Modern Media Ventures, Inc.,
"Gus Goes to Cyberopolis" c '94 Modern Media Ventures, Inc., all rights reserved. x
"Gus Goes to the Kooky Carnival" c '95 Modern Media Ventures, Inc., all rights reserved. x
"Gus Goes to CyberStone Park" c '96 Modern Media Ventures, Inc., all rights reserved. x
"Gus Goes to the Megarific Museum" c '96 Modern Media Ventures, Inc., all rights reserved. x
"Gus and the CyberBuds Software SchoolHouse Collection" c '96 Modern Media Ventures, Inc., all rights reserved. x